SCARY MOUSTACHE IN THE KITTEN SHIRT
(These Are Powers performing at their CD release show/art show at Secret Project Robot, more here, or here)
Another entry into the "Helpful stuff for other photographers" category.
I have had problems with people "borrowing" images without giving credit in the past. Fortunately Chris La Putt read about it and tipped me off to how you, as the copyright holder, can take direct action to have your content removed from a site that uses it without permission. It's called a DMCA letter, you can read more about it here. Basically it is a legal letter that presents your claim to the hosting company that holds the file(s) in violation of your copyright, requesting that they remove them.
For the most part, I have had success with this approach. The one loophole I have encountered is when a site does not have a real host included in their "whois" information, such as Boners.com for example (and these guys even went as far as to watermark my image with their own name). When there is no way to contact the hosting company, you are kind of out of luck. Regardless this seems like valuable information for other photographers posting their work online.
With that taken care of, I've come across a new nuisance, people who are reposting the entire content of my posts on their own spam blogs (1, 2, 3). Once I blocked their outside requests for image files, that cut down most of the ones on their sites, but they also have "ghost hosts" so there is no way to send a letter requesting their removal. Oh well, win some lose some I guess.
Such a pinnacle of music.
• Big Black - Kerosene
A band's place in myspace.